DIY 14: 2017 - Jack Tan: Law In The Limelight

Developing insights on law through performance and theatre practice


Project summary

Law In The Limelight is a set of monthly discussion workshops exploring the relationship between performance and law. Using theatre as a starting point and a framework, we will explore how an artist’s perspective can inform legal practice and provide insight into the aesthetic dimensions of law and power. The group will consider the visuality, vocality, performativity and spectatorship of justice through co-created and open-ended sessions with input from guest speakers. Facilitated by Jack Tan, the sessions aim to create mutual resources and connections that will support participants’ work as artists and/or lawyers.

Session 1 - VOICING THE LAW: creating vocalities and soundscapes of persuasion. #acoustics #vocalresonance #actorsvoice #hearings

Session 2 - DRESSING FOR JUSTICE: costuming and setting the scene for litigation. #scenography #drag #performativity #imagemaking

Session 3 - BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL: cheering and jeering from the court’s public gallery. #publicpressure #ContemptOfCourt #spectatorship

How to apply

Applications are invited via the link below. A short statement about you and your practice is required.


Dates, times and location

Dates: 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 30 Nov
Times: 6.30pm-8pm
Location: London

The artist

Jack trained as a lawyer and worked in civil rights NGOs before becoming an artist. Jack makes work that explores the connection between the social, the legal and art, and he is interested in  how power is aesthetically produced through law. Recent projects include Voices from the Courts (2016) a Singapore Biennale presentation and residency at the State and Family Justice Courts of Singapore exploring legal vocality; Karaoke Court (2014-ongoing) a legally-binding karaoke dispute resolution process; Law’s Imagination (2016) a curatorial residency on legal aesthetics at arebyte; his solo exhibition How to do things with rules (2015) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore; A kiss is just a kiss (2014), a performance exploring kissing and reconciliation at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva).

If you have questions about this project, please contact Jack.

This DIY is supported by Artsadmin.
Additional space has been kindly provided by arebyte gallery.

Part of DIY 14: 2017 - Call for Participants


London City Island
Canning Town